Leekspin - The origin of leeks and Ievan Polkka

Do you remember Hatsune Miku? An vocaloid made famous thanks to the video Ievan Polkka? In this video the character appears turning a leek, but where did this meme come from? Did you know that this happened before Hatsune Miku? In this article, we are going to talk about Leekspin, the true origin of the leeks that Miku is rocking.

Leekspin is also known as Loituma Girl, which consists of a small flash or gif animation of a female anime character spinning an onion. The question that does not want to remain silent, is this a green onion or a leek? In Japanese when searching for negi (onion) you can easily find this viral object from Mikubut leek is leek in English ...


The Leekspin meme was created from a scene from the Bleach anime where the character Orihime appears spinning a leek. Leekspin is a simple animation without music, but it managed to make a huge impact on the English and Japanese internet around the 2000s.

How did the leek meme come about?

Both animation and music Ievan Polkka managed to make a big impact on the online community, especially in Russia. A year before Hatsune Miku appeared with her Ievan Polkka remix, the animation called Leek Spin appeared on April 23, 2006. In the video below we can see the first version of miku's music:


In May 2006 a website called leekspin came up with this flash animation. It soon gained popularity with anime fans and was shared on several blogs and sites such as LiveJournal, GeoCities and 4chan.

The video and several parodies were uploaded around July. The video was quickly seen by more than 10 million people. Soon the fans discovered that the music is of Finnish origin, cultural music ended up drawing attention from all over the world and received millions of views.

Leekspin - the origin of leeks and ievan polkka

The beginning of the success of Miku and Ievan Polkka

It was on Japanese YouTube, Nico Nico Douga, that the viral expanded even more with the help of the famous Hatsune Miku. In September 2007, a user named Otomania published a remix of Hatsune Miku swinging a leek while singing the song Ievan Polkka. It was because of that first song that Hatsune Miku became the sensation of the Web.

What do you think of the success of Hatsune Miku and Ievan Polka? Did you know of the viral Leekspin? Do you think this is a green onion or leek? We hope to hear your opinion, we appreciate the comments and shares.